A new exhibition offers a look at the role destruction has played in contemporary art.
Since the middle of the 20th century, destruction has played a wide range of roles in contemporary art--as rebellion or protest, as spectacle and release, or as an essential component of re-creation and restoration.
Damage Control: Art and Destruction Since 1950 offers an overview, if by no means an exhaustive study, of this central element in contemporary culture. The exhibition features some 90 works by more than 40 international artists, including such luminaries of the art scene as Andy Warhol, Steve McQueen, Ai Weiwei, Yoko Ono, and Jake and Dinos Chapman.
The multi-disciplinary show includes painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, film, video, installation and performance, that all presents many of the myriad ways in which artists have considered and invoked destruction in their process.
The exhibition is held under the patronage of the embassy of the United States in Luxembourg. The photo above is Jeff Wall’s The Destroyed Room, 1978 (© Glenstone).
Visitors planning to see the show could do worse than go to Mudam on Friday evening and enjoy a dinner after a guided tour--the event includes snacks, drinks and music at Mudam Café, the tour and a dinner of gazpacho, red mullet, vegetables and squid ink tagliatelle followed by a “délice gourmand à la pêche.”
The dinner, at €28, must be booked in advance by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mudam, Park Drai Eechelen, Luxembourg-Kirchberg